Freeze two-leaves symbol permanently: Dhinakaran to EC

Freeze two-leaves symbol permanently: Dhinakaran to EC
T T V Dhinakaran-led faction of AIADMK moved the Election Commission on Monday to freeze its two-leaves symbol permanently and also verify all affidavits filed by every AIADMK functionary backing Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and O Pannerselvam.

However, the poll panel said it was not possible to examine every AIADMK functionary individually. The panel would go by affidavits filed before it. It put off till October 23 further arguments on the two-leaves symbol dispute between the AIADMK factions.

Two factions — one led by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami (EPS) and another by Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam (OPS) — have united to seek de-freezing of the symbol in their favour following a patch-up.

But Dhinakaran, ousted as AIADMK deputy general secretary, has opposed their claim.

The EPS-OPS faction told the poll panel that Dhinakaran had submitted fake membership documents before the EC.

Meanwhile, the Delhi police informed the High Court that it would take four to six weeks to complete its probe in the Election Commission bribery case involving Dhinakaran and others.

The court directed the Delhi Police Crime Branch to file a status report by December 5.

A charge sheet was filed by the police before the trial court in the case on July 14, alleging that Dhinakaran and his associate Chandrashekar had conspired to bribe poll panel officials to get the two-leaves symbol for their party.
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